July 20, 2024
Toronto mayor says city-wide handgun ban would be enough
Toronto Mayor John Tory says he'd be happy with a city-wide ban on handguns.
Toronto Mayor John Tory says he’d be happy with a city-wide ban on handguns.

Toronto’s mayor is softening his call for a national handgun ban in hope of getting a city-wide ban sooner. 

For more than a year John Tory has been calling for national restrictions on handguns but, after getting mixed reactions, told CBC Radio’s The House he’s willing to reconsider.

“If they just did it in Toronto I’d be happy with that,” he said on Saturday, one week after a spate of violence that saw 17 people shot in 14 separate incidents across Toronto over the Civic Holiday long weekend.

Tory indicated a local ban might be more politically palatable. 

The Liberal government has been looking into banning handguns for a year, but earlier this week their point man on the portfolio wouldn’t commit to one. 

Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction Minister Bill Blair admitted more measures must be taken to choke the supply and demand for illegal firearms, but stopped short of endorsing a ban.